Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1
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4.9 | pDev: 7.55%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
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Notes: Chocolate chip pancakes drenched with maple syrup served with espresso and a shot of bourbon, all in one sip. Our award-winning KBBS is decadence in a bottle.
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Kdi from Iowa

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the 2019 batch. It was bottle number 43, tasted as part of a dinner at Toppling Goliath. Poured as dinner was served, thick and almost black, allowed to warm and enjoyed as dessert. On the nose, bourbon and maple syrup. Thick mouth-feel, and full of flavor. I have had the 2020 version on tap, so comparing the two is difficult, however I think the 2019 aged nicely and was, in my opinion, the better of the two.

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Craftbeerfan666 from Norway

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Supreme maple OD! Soooo easy drinking & well-tasty. History in the making when finally scoring this one! (for the record, tried both 2019 and 2020 at the same time, the latter one being the best... I think)

Apr 20, 2021
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TurboGP from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have now had 4 different years of KBBS and continue to feel this beer is in a realm of its own. The look is as dark as burnt motor oil. The smell is filled with maple, coffee, bourbon, and stout. Outside of 2020 the taste is super sticky with a huge mouth feel.

I would say I rate 2018 as being the best year followed by 2019, then 2018, and I would rate 2020 last.

Feb 20, 2021
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WickedBeer from Alabama

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2020 Bottle.

Absolutely bonkers Maple Syrup on the nose. Coffee opens up after a minute, but this beer straight up nails the syrup-soaked French Toast profile. Hate the small-format bottles.. wanted more!

Feb 12, 2021
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UICMSM from Spain

4.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Some burnt sugar and a bit of licorice. Nice dark fruits, too. Flavor has plenty of sugar and malt sweetness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and maple syrup. Nice bourbon and vanilla, too. Good dark fruit character, cocoa powder, and decent coffee. Good stuff.

Feb 11, 2021
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brokensail from California

4.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle @ Presidential Suite. Thanks, Adam. Redemption from Bully Guppy. Black pour with a finger of tan foam. Tons of bourbon, maple syrup, and vanilla. Nice coffee, cocoa powder, and toffee. Some burnt sugar and a bit of licorice. Nice dark fruits, too. Flavor has plenty of sugar and malt sweetness. Lots of caramel, toffee, and maple syrup. Nice bourbon and vanilla, too. Good dark fruit character, cocoa powder, and decent coffee. Good stuff.

Feb 05, 2021
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

The look is great, and then it's downhill after that.
This beer has so much coffee and sweet flavors that I cannot taste the stout....the beer aspect of it. It needs to be in another (new) category, because as a stout beer it really just isn't other than (maybe) it's color. Now, if those coffee, maple, bourbon, et al flavors came from the malt or wood, then bravo. But they didn't.

Feb 01, 2021
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HLD1970 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This dark nectar poured like a heavenly scented motor oil into my glass. Its like someone took my morning coffee, maple syrup and best bourbon and combined them into this once in a lifetime treat. I could still smell the maple syrup days later from the EMPTY bottle sitting on my desk.

Jan 24, 2021
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JDPchi13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is this the best beer in the world, many would argue that is true. While trying on draft at Toppling Goliath, it’s hard to imagine the rich smooth sweet maple balanced by coffee could be all be pulled off the nose, staining the glass. And the flavor and taste to be met with fireworks from the grand finale.

Jan 18, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this for the first time in 2020. I was outside and it was cold and when this hit my lips, I drifted off to heaven. The hype is real with this one!!!

Jan 11, 2021
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark brown with a thin finger of creamy-looking mocha head. Settles relatively quickly into a nice, lasting cap and wisp. Almost no lacing.

Huge maple in the nose. Hints of coffee, vanilla, raisin and dough.

The maple and molasses is very strong in the taste, but kept somewhat in check by nice French roast coffee. Maple, raisin, prune, vanilla and cola sweetness lingers in the aftertaste, but not in a cloying way. Like a delicious chocolate cordial.

Super thick, smooth feel with a light carbonation fizz.

I really like the raisin in this. It’s almost juicy. Adds some character beyond what, these days, could be a fairly normal maple-and-coffee flavor profile. This beer is all-around excellent.

Jan 01, 2021
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spersichilli from Florida

4.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temp into a teku. Bottle 74

pitch black, minimal head retention

maple/hazelnut/chocolate. A touch of bourbon/oak derived character.

Actually reminds me a bit of a some of the Horus barrel aged stuff I've had. Not as sticky/dripping in syrup as expected. Coffee is more prominent on the palate than on the nose, coming to the forefront as the beer warms. Syrup comes out on the finish. Touch of nuttiness from the base beer (probably where I was getting the hazelnut from on the nose).

medium-full body, definitely not motor oil thick

Overall: A really solid beer but not up to what I expected from it. Looking for sticky syrup and pancakes. Spirit profile is minimal, with more oak from the barrel than bourbon. Touch of oxidation derived umami before it starts to warm. Was looking for a "blow your socks off" and just got a good beer. For a beer in this style I much prefer Coffee Maple Medionoche from Weldwerks, much easier to get as well.

Dec 30, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2020 recent release Bottle courtesy of brewnic.
L: black with minimal dark brown head.
S: vanilla, chocolate, coffee, maple syrup.
T: coffee, vanilla, chocolate, pancakes, maple, wood, a little whiskey.
F: viscous.
Overall: unsurprisingly, very good.

Dec 26, 2020
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aaronc777 from Iowa

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the 2020 KBBS from the TG Taproom in Decorah, Iowa. I had a four ounce pour.

The pour is thick like motor oil. It’s super dark with minimal head. It’s syrupy in the greatest way. When swirled, the the beer nearly stains the glass brown leaving amazing legs.

This is incredible. For many beers, you pick up subtle aromas. For this beer, you immediately get in-your-face maple syrup followed by coffee, bourbon, and dark chocolate. There is nothing subtle about these aromas. You don’t have to try to identify them. You can smell them from the moment the glass is placed on the table—it’s as if they’re serving you breakfast.

Much like smell, there is nothing subtle about the flavors. Once again, the maple hits you hard immediately with bold flavors of chocolate chip pancakes with butter. The coffee/espresso flavor comes next accompanied by bourbon. The flavors are extremely bold, deep, and well-balanced. It’s a symphony of flavor. Perfection.

I debated on including sweetness in the flavor, but it my opinion, this particular sweetness is more about feel than flavor. You can have flavor without sweetness. I’ve placed it here because the sweetness contributes in such a way that the entire feel of the beer is elevated. It adds a richness that’s hard to describe. It eliminates any boozy feeling while keeping the warmth you get from a high ABV drink. It’s coats your mouth entirely and the feel and flavor last a long time.

I don’t typically prefer stouts, but killer stouts are Toppling Goliath’s bread and butter. I was worried that I could potentially be disappointed due to all the hype surrounding this beer. Not only did it live up to the hype, it exceeded my own expectations. It left me wanting more. I was fortunate to try Mornin’ Delight, Term-Oil Fluffernutter, Term-Oil S’mores, Kaiju Clash, and Coconut Assassin all on this particular day—each one was phenomenal. But at the end of the day, it was Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout that reigned supreme.

Dec 16, 2020
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2020 on draft at Toppling Goliath.

It pours pitch black with minimal/almost-none foam around the ring of the glass. Aroma has loads of maple with coffee. Like maple syrup covered pancake stack. They are definitely present in flavor, maybe more maple than coffee, along with chocolate and a bit of roast. All laying on top of that bourbon sweet base. The most impressive thing is the feel here. It has that soft, warm feel. There's no hint of booze. Yet it's also somehow thick and the flavors hang around for a while. It's really one of the best mouthfeel beers I've had, for imperial stout.

Are there beers that have perhaps better flavor or aroma? Yeah, I think so. But the feel is at the very top. Great beer.

Dec 05, 2020
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

4.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2019 KBBS
Look: black syrup, no head, super thick
Smell: huge maple notes up front, subtle barrel and coffee in the middle, finishes with maple soaked coffee
Taste: big maple, bourbon and coffee flavors. Front is maple, then comes coffee and bourbon, finishes with a maple bourbon blast
Overall not as good as the nose
Feel: super thick yet well carbonated... well balanced and lingers for ages

Overall: the best beer I’ve ever had

Nov 14, 2020
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WhaleSlayer85 from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2019 draft and bottle.

I didn't think this beer could possibly live up to the hype after the long wait to try it, but got-damn this beer is the real McCoy. Huge coffee nose, reminds me of walking into a (great) coffee shop. Chocolate, bourbon, subtle maple hiding in the background. Taste is simply perfection. Phenomenal coffee flavors, chocolate, bourbon, and a perfect maple finish. incredibly well balanced between coffee and maple. Thick, oily mouthfeel more on par with Sr-71 than assassin. What can I say, its phenomenal. Leaves you wanting more and more, but unfortunately not many oz's to go around.

Oct 21, 2020
HOPTOMIC_BOMB from California

5/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: early morning pancakes and coffee before work that wakes you up
Taste: liquifies buttery maple pancakes and hot coffee with some snake bite in it.
Feel: Like that Scene in there will be blood when the oil explodes everywhere. Tar.
Overall: Magnificent worth its weight in gold

Sep 05, 2020
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Prospero from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage. Pours a very dark brown color with noticeable sugars coating the glass. Lots of coffee and maple in the nose, not much barrel or heat at all. Very rich and coating mouthfeel with a lot of layers in the flavor. Coffee, espresso, maple, vanilla are in good balance. Not much bourbon or oak if at all noticeable. Really great beer as it's very hard to pull off this many flavors and layers without a dominant flavor. Just missed it a little with not much bourbon or barrel presence aside from the vanilla notes.

Sep 02, 2020
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BourbonForBeer from Illinois

1.49/5  rDev -69.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

It's hyped... There is a lot of breweries doing this style of beer right. For this to be the top rated is kinda nuts... Over rated, over hyped, over priced. I found a lot of other local beers doing it and for much less tbh. I gave it a 1 for overall because it's not worth msrp of $100 whatsoever. The beer that my friends and I brewed is more balanced than this.

It's good... Just not msrp $100 and drive to middle of nowhere good.

Aug 19, 2020
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JellybonesElmer from Wisconsin

4.52/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing 2019 vintage. This pours thick and close to black with unsurprisingly poor head retention (that being said, I drank this out of a taster glass). Does not stop the nose from jumping out of the glass. Huge coffee and maple, as advertised, masking any potential aroma from the barrel. That trend continues into the taste - difficult to find the barrel even when looking intently for it. The coffee is very pleasant and plays well with the maple, which presents authentically and not as a general sweetness. Thick, smooth mouthfeel (again, no surprises here). Overall, this would receiving a rating bump if it wasn't meant to be a barrel aged beer. In that respect, it falls short, as the adjuncts and texture are the real star of the show here. Very cool to try, but not worth the price of admission these days.

Mar 18, 2020
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WormGod from New York

4.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018 version. Poured dark with a small head. Smell was maple coffee with a hint of bourbon. Very smooth drinking and taste was wow - chocolate, coffee, maple, and a touch of sweetness. One of the best beers I've ever tried.

Jan 06, 2020
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A (very expensive) draft pour at TG on release day Dec. 7, 2019.

Look: Not as dark as I expected with a very thin brownish-tan head. Sticks to the glass briefly.

Smell: Lots of phenomenal coffee hit me at first. Much stronger that Mornin Delight. The barrel was there along with dark chocolate.

Taste: The coffee and maple match perfectly. There is some vanilla as it warmed and the barrel was more present. Really delicious

Feel: The carbonation was great. It was unbelievably smooth and lingered with each sip.

Overall: Easily the best beer I’ve had from TG. So complex and drinkable with everything I wanted in a beer. So many stouts with maple but none of them mix flavors like this. Definitely a world class beer.

Dec 08, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.8/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 Silver Wax. Aroma has whiskey, maple, toffee and umami. Taste has wood barrel, umami, dark fruit, maple and toffee. Bitter cacao and coffee aftertaste.

Oct 29, 2019
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours Pitch Black with a frothy tan head. The bottle gushed when I opened it. It smells and tastes of maple syrup, coffee, creams brûlée, vanilla, and warm bourbon. The feel is slick and smooth.

Sep 21, 2019
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